A Brief Look at Crime 4/05 – 4/11

Armed Assailants Rob French Casino, Get $38, 000

Masked men brandishing assault rifles burst into a crowded French casino early Sunday, fired shots at the ceiling and made off with about euro28,000 ($37,800), police and the casino said. Police said it took only three minutes for the thieves to carry out their operation at ”Le Pharaon” casino in the central city of Lyon — located just down the street from the headquarters of Interpol, the international police agency.

Dongah Official Gets 22-Year Jail Term for Embezzlement

A Seoul district court sentenced a former senior Dongah Construction executive to 22 years and six months in prison and fined him 10 billion won, Friday, after finding him guilty of embezzling 190 billion won ($160 million). The court said Park Sang-doo dealt a serious blow to programs to revive the bankrupt builder and seriously damaged creditors of the company.

Park was indicted in October, 2009 on charges of appropriating 190 billion won in 2004 and spending the money to buy properties and to gamble in casinos in Macau and other countries. “Park spent a considerable amount of the embezzled money on gambling. The degree of his moral hazard went beyond imagination,” the court said in its ruling.

Downstream Casino Officials Deny Misusing Funds

The Quapaw Tribe runs the casino and is accusing two Chairmen and a Treasurer from the Downstream Development Authority with misconduct. Our CBS affiliate in Joplin reports these allegations stem from an investigation of the casino’s financial documents. The Grievance Committee accuses the three employees of accepting excessive salaries, benefits and bonuses through their positions. The investigation shows one chairman alone took in $334,000. The report also shows misuse of development authority, citing credit card charges for suits, fine dining and tickets to sports games.

Poker player killed near Pompano casino; investigators trying to trace her steps

Investigators on Monday night were searching for answers in the slaying of a poker regular at the Isle Casino & Racing whose body was found the previous night in her minivan parked just blocks from the casino property. Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives think Yvonne Oulton, 62, of Pompano Beach, went to the casino Sunday afternoon and left about 4 p.m. Later that night, Oulton’s husband and son grew concerned when they could not reach her and went looking for her. They found her dead inside her silver Dodge Caravan in a warehouse area in the 1400 block of Southwest Third Street just before 11 p.m., authorities said. Investigators on Monday would not say how Oulton, who was well-known in South Florida poker circles, was killed.

Sarasota salesman gets prison for selling stolen cars

A Sarasota car salesman who claims addictions to gambling, drugs and sex has been sentenced to three years and five months in federal prison for selling stolen luxury cars worth more than $266,000. Paul Bombard must serve the sentence after a two-year state sentence he is serving on charges including grand theft of a motor vehicle and resisting an officer with violence. Bombard, 51, pleaded guilty to three federal charges of transporting stolen vehicles. As part of his sentencing Monday, he was ordered to pay $56,405 in restitution. The Bradenton resident sold a 2000 Corvette, a Mercedes-Benz E430, an Infiniti G35, two Porsche Cayennes, a Mercedes-Benz C230 and a Land Rover to an FBI cooperating witness, the plea agreement states.

Butler gets 3 years for stealing from church

A former church secretary who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from a Concord Township church was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday morning in Highland County Common Pleas Court.  Last month, he pleaded guilty to the theft charge and agreed to pay $200,000 in restitution to the church. The tampering with evidence charge was dismissed by the state. The indictments indicated a period of five years in which Butler used his position as the church secretary to embezzle thousands of dollars from the church. On Tuesday, Butler’s attorney, David Pence, told the court that Butler had become addicted to gambling at slot machines and thought he could “replace the money from the church.”

ST. LOUIS: Embezzler from union sentenced

Sherell Mitchell, 46, of St. Louis County was sentenced Thursday to six months of house arrest, five years’ probation and 200 hours of community service for embezzling more than $110,000 from the account of Communications Workers of America Local 86823. Mitchell, the local’s former secretary-treasurer, wrote checks to herself and took cash, prosecutors said in January, when Mitchell pleaded guilty in federal court in St. Louis of embezzlement. She lost most of the money gambling. On Thursday, Mitchell apologized and said that her gambling addiction “got totally out of control.” Mitchell and her family have already repaid $50,500 of the money, her lawyer, Bill Margulis, said. Mitchell will have to repay the whole amount, and U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel kept Mitchell out of prison so she would be more likely to do so more quickly.

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